Kid's first turning project

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Project by JoeinDE posted 09-13-2014 04:45 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I just got a lathe and both of my kids (7 and 4) wanted to make something on the lathe. They helped turn two green branches (maple and ash) into lightsabers (we all watched Return of the Jedi last night). They chose to color them with crayons. I’m happy that my lathe works well (Rikon mini-lathe), but I more happy that my kids both had fun turning relatively green branches into toys.

My daughter also had fun playing with the pile of wet shavings on the floor.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 01:18 AM

get them started early. good for them to get into wood turning.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 01:35 AM

Great work, I hope they remain intersted

-- Norman

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 02:18 AM

Good work with your kids. Show them how cool it is not only to cut on the lathe, but how cool it is to color on the lathe. Hold the crayon up to the spinning wood and watch the magic.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 03:18 AM

Swirt, great idea about coloring while the spindle is still turning

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 01:40 AM

I can’t claim credit.. It is an idea I got from Doug Stowe

His school kids were using colored pencils, but I tried it with my son (5), using crayons and it worked just as nicely, though not quite as finely pointed. It does teach a gentle hand with the crayon though… if not gentle it can get melty pretty quickly.

-- Galootish log blog,

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